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  • We were in a low-key kinda mood today. But as usual a few unexpected things made the day special.
    Last night, when we sat next to a nice couple who formerly lived in London while we were at the gin joint, they suggested we go to Fortnum and Mason for supplies and then go to Hyde Park for a picnic. So that was the rough outline for the day. And Brad made a dinner reservation at our favorite across-the-street Italian place, Da Marios.
    • It was fairly easy to get to Fortnum and Mason. If you don’t know what it’s like there, check out their website. Apparently, the Queen sends a horse and carriage there every day to pick up her groceries. The store has been in operation since 1707.
      You’ll notice that they have some picnic baskets that you can order ahead … needless to say, given the prices, we did not choose to go that route: https://www.fortnumandmason.com.
      We did choose a few items for snacking and ate some of them on the spot. They claim to have invented Scotch eggs, so of course I had to try one of them. Brad got a nice halloumi sandwich. We both braved the gauntlet of high-end shop clerks to use the toilets … and both felt like we didn’t really belong there. :-(. So we headed out for our next adventure.
      On our way to the tube to go to Hyde Park, we happened upon the Piccadilly Market. It was a small market in the courtyard of a church. There was a mixture of handcrafted items and flea market type items. We nearly left, but stopped at the last booth on the end and bought some lovely old typesetting images to be used as stamps.
    • Brad finally relented (ha) and we went to the corner of Hyde Park and rented some cycles!!
    Art in the Hyde Park Corner tube station.
      It was easy to rent the cycles, and we were able to ride all the way across Hyde Park to Kensington Gardens. The day was pleasant, despite threatened thunderstorms.
  • We had a rest at the flat and then headed over to Da Mario’s for dinner. Luckily, we were able to get a nice outside table, although we were still worrying about the threatened rain. Dinner was, of course, delicious. I had the prawn salad and
    Brad had the rigatoni. We aren’t used to seeing the face of our prawns at dinner … and I had to struggle a bit to remove the meat from the shell, but it was lovely.
    • While we were eating dessert, we chatted with the couple at the table next to us. They were visiting their son, who works at Citigroup. I had a lot in common with them. They were from New Jersey. And the husband is Greek. And he used to work at RCA/GE, like my dad. It was quite an enjoyable conversation and they made some good suggestions for us to try out in our last two days in London.
      As of the time I am posting this, still no rain, despite the warnings.
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